Pancake Supper — Shrove Tuesday
Everyone is invited to attend a pancake supper this Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Share time together with church family and friends on the evening before Lent begins; free-will offering. Sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.
Ash Wednesday Services 7 a.m., noon, & 7 p.m.
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, is the first of the 40 days of Lent, a time of preparing and repairing our hearts and lives for Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. In the midst of our sin and mortality, we claim and proclaim Christ’s power over sin and death as we receive a cross, the sign of the resurrection, drawn in ashes on our hand or forehead. Each of the services will include imposition of ashes; the 7 p.m. service will also include Holy Communion.
Sunday Soup Supper and Study
Lent, the forty days of penitence in preparation for Easter, has its own vocabulary: penitence, justification, atonement, propitiation, expiation, and resurrection to name a few. Pastors Brian and Alison will lead six Sunday evening studies, “Translating Christian Jargon” on these terms and others you suggest, beginning Sunday, Feb. 22. A simple soup and bread supper will be served at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a one-hour study. We are looking for persons willing to serve in the areas of set-up, soup preparation, and clean-up. Sign up sheets are posted in Fellowship Hall.
Feb. 28 — Family Painting Party in Fellowship Hall, 1–4 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of family art time and snacks learning how to paint a painting for all skill levels. Invite friends to join! Sign up at the welcome desk or in Fellowship Hall on the bulletin board.
Students urged to apply for Conference scholarships
United Methodist high school seniors and college students are invited to apply for scholarships offered by the Upper New York Conference: the Conference Merit Awards and Lottie Brown Grants. Guidelines are available at www.unyumc.org/pages/detail/1518
Advanced Lay Servant Course
The Advanced Lay Servant Course (Spiritual Gifts) will be offered at Little Utica UMC, Lamson Road, Phoenix, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., April 18, 25, May 2, 9. Attendance on all dates is required for credit. This course is one of six required to apply to qualify as Certified Lay Speakers. If interested, complete an application form found in the office, have it signed by your pastor and return it to Susan Ranous, 201 Candee Ave., Syracuse, NY 13224 with a $25 check payable to “UNYAC” by April 4. If you have questions, contact Susan Ranous at 427‑3668 or email@example.com.
2015 Lenten Fish Dinners
March 6 and 20 are the dates for our Lenten Fish Dinners. You may put your order in at the table in Fellowship Hall today. These are full haddock dinners with fish fresh from Boston. Menu: fish and sauces, homemade macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, Italian bread, and dessert. Eat in or take out. The other “catch”: Volunteer sign-ups are posted in Fellowship Hall for Thursday food prep and Friday set-up, prep, and serving. Please help your church by attending and/or helping! $10. For ages 6–12 $4, Children 5 and under FREE. Pre-order ONLY by March 2 or 16.
Please indicate March 2____________ and/or March 16_____________Amount paid $_________
Dine In Take Out
Child (6–12) _________ ________
Child 5 & under _________ ________
Adult _________ ________
March 7 workshops open to everyone
Upper New York Conference staff will offer free workshops for church members at Liverpool First UMC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The five-hour program includes a meal. Register by March 2 at https://unyumc-reg.brtapp.com/ROADTRIPLiverpoolUMC
Conference staff will present the following topics:
From the Wading Pool to the Deep End , How to Move People into Deeper Discipleship
They Have Us Surrounded…But Who Are They?
Why Can’t Church Be More Like Camp?
Your Conference Finance Office
Wired for Worship
Children’s Ministry in an Ever-Changing World
How to do Facebook Well
How to do a Website Well
Creating New Places for New People: How to Start a New Faith Community
in Your Own Neighborhood
Join in Daily Lenten Devotions
You are invited to observe Lent by the practice of prayer and giving. Daily Lenten devotional booklets and banks from the Society of St. Andrew (a gleaning ministry) are available online at www.endhunger.org/lent, or at the Ash Wednesday or Sunday morning worship services. The booklet titled Into the Wilderness, remembering the 40 days Jesus was tempted in the desert following his baptism. Please sign up online or pick up a paper copy at worship next week.
March 22 — Children’s Seder Meal with Pastor led Communion
All parents are welcome (but not required) to join us as we recreate the “Last Supper” meal during Discovery Zone on March 22. Pastor Alison will join us to talk about and serve communion as well.
Olivebranch meets on Feb. 23 at 5:30 for dinner and program. Please call Pat Cupernall at 457‑6730 to make a reservation. Everyone is invited.
Remember our young people
We are planning to have a correspondence board to enable you to send letters and care packages to remember church members who are currently serving in the Armed Forces or who are in college. Please notify the church office with names and addresses of these young people by March 1.